The bizarre link between sun spots & beached whales

New research has shown a surprising connection between sun spot activity and whale strandings, which suggests magnetic navigation could be far more important to whales than previously thought. It is hard to imagine that the changing surface of the sun, over 93 million miles away, could have any impact on whales swimming around in our … More The bizarre link between sun spots & beached whales

Review: ‘Seas of Green’ by Ellie Marsh

‘Seas of Green’ is a short film by Ellie Marsh, a marine conservationist, PADI Dive Master and Marine Natural History Photography graduate from Falmouth University. It was created as part of the final project in her degree and as the title suggests it focuses on seagrass meadows, and in particular the important ecological role they … More Review: ‘Seas of Green’ by Ellie Marsh

Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Wandering albatross are one of the most majestic seabirds in the world, but new research shows these ocean sentinels can also be used to help locate the illegal fishing vessels causing them harm. With the wingspan of a small car and a life spent almost entirely at sea wandering albatross are perhaps the most qualified … More Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Book Club: ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Peter Godfrey-Smith’s ‘Other Minds: the octopus and the evolution of intelligent life’ is a fantastic insight into cephalopod intelligence and evolution from a mix of philosophical and scientific perspectives that will make you question what it means to be intelligent. Other Minds is a fantastic book that takes the reader through a journey both into … More Book Club: ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith

The role of art in marine conservation (with Debby Mason)

Marine conservation has never been more necessary than it is today with our oceans facing threats from all angles, most of which we have created. It is therefore more important than ever to inspire and educate people about our oceans and the marine life that inhabit them. One of the main ways I know how … More The role of art in marine conservation (with Debby Mason)

What are the potential impacts on marine life from the Australian bushfires?

After months of extreme burning and a resulting ecological crisis that has caught the attention of the entire world, the Australian bushfires are starting to die down. However there may still be some serious problems to follow in the marine environment surrounding the continent. There has been no escaping it in recent weeks. Extreme conditions … More What are the potential impacts on marine life from the Australian bushfires?

The real life ‘sea serpents’ behind the maritime legends

Oarfish are the world’s longest bony fish, capable of reaching well over 30 feet in length, and also the inspiration for many fantastic tales of sea serpents. But these ‘monsters’ are actually one of the most misunderstood creatures in our oceans. Whether it is hiding in the corners of old nautical maps or starring in … More The real life ‘sea serpents’ behind the maritime legends

Decorator crabs: dressing up to avoid attention

There are over 700 species of decorator crabs that cover their bodies with a wide range of unexpected ornaments. But these crustaceans are not dressing up to impress or get noticed. Although decorating is a trait that is only normally associated with humans we are by no means the only animals that like to accessorize. … More Decorator crabs: dressing up to avoid attention